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Sunni Pindi – Homemade Natural Bath Powder

I prepare a herbal bath powder made of green moong dal, horsegram (ullavalu), chick peas, kasturi haldi and few other natural ingredients. During weekends (winter season), Nehal has an body oil massage and gets his body scrubbed with this natural bath powder aka ‘Sunni Pindi’. Chemical free and good for skin as well as environment. :) Numerous brands of herbal bath powders are available in the market here in India though I’m not sure if they are available abroad. The recipe I am giving below is a variation of most loved natural bath powder of Andhras, ‘Sunni Pindi’.

Home Made Herbal Bath Powder

Like homemade pickles and jams, this homemade bath powder makes a great gift to close friends. Remember to tag the recipe to the bottle of natural bath powder because those who use it are sure to make it a regular part of their body care routine. Its that good. :)

~ Sun dry 250 gms each of green moong dal, horsegram and kabuli channa (chick peas) and grind to make a fine powder. (I send it to the neighbourhood flour mill for grinding)
~ Spread the ground powder on a shallow wide bowl. To it add 200 gms of multani mitti powder, 30 gms each of rose petal pwd, kasuri haldi pwd, orange peel pwd, neem leaf pwd and suganda kachooralu (Curcuma zedoaria (Zedoary, Shati in Sanskrit). (All the powders are readily available in most stores here in India)

How to use this bath pwd:
~ Take 2 tbsps of the natural bath pwd, add 2-3 tbsps water and make a paste. Use it as an alternate to soap.
~ Add milk or lemon juice or orange juice or crushed cucumber or tomato juice or yogurt to this bath pwd and apply as a face pack.

Soaps I use and recommend for kids: Pears, Dove and Fabindia’s handmade natural soap.

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By • Nov 10th, 2008 • Category: All Recipes for Kids, Child Care

17 Responses »

  1. Wow looks great… thanks for sharing this method. I am regular reader of your blogs, they are wonderful lovely pictures and ideas, how are you so inspired?


    Thank you for your kind words, Aparna. Its readers like you who get me going. I believe in sharing whatever little knowledge I have with others to help us all live a healthy happy life. :)

    I received an email from a reader earlier in the day where she sent me this quote. “The wonderful mythical law of nature is that happiness, freedom and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

  2. Hi Sailu,

    By green moong dal, u mean Pesarapappu or Pesalu. I heard from my neighbours that whole moong gram should be used instead of dal. Please clarify.

    Its pesalu, whole green moong.

  3. Dear Sailu

    Thanks for this lovely procedure. My mom made sure I used only sunni pindi while growing up…unfortunately after coming abroad, got a little lazy and stopped carrying it. Maybe next time I go to India, I can carry the neem powder and suganda kachooralu and make the rest here..

    Thanks once again.

  4. Hi Sailu,

    I came to know about your website through my sister. Thanks to my sister for introducing such a wonderful website. All your quotations are very nice. Your cooking is very inspirational and easy to follow. I loved all your blogs so far. If possible please blog some more possible home made skin care powders like “Sunni Pindi”. Also please blog the recipe for hot dogs.


  5. Pls tell me the name of suganda kachooralu (Curcuma zedoaria (Zedoary, Shati in Sanskrit)in Hindi. Can I apply to 10 month old daughter

  6. hi sailu

    i am regular reader of ur site..i enjoy the receipes nd other articles.please suggest some good baby bath oil for my baby coz her skin is very dry.

  7. Dear Sailu,

    Homemade natural products wins hands down over any other things !!

    I’m going to start using this….can you please tell me how often to use it? like can it be used everyday or once a week is enough ??

  8. Dear Sailu,

    i just want to know how often can we use this bath powder ?? thanks

  9. You can use it everyday in place of soap, Shilpa.

  10. Hi Sailu!!
    Can u pls tell abt the use of each ingredient like how is horsegram useful for our skin… that. I’m jus curious to know :) Also
    Can I skip any ingredient ?
    Thanks a lot n one more thing I’ve learnt a lot of cooking from ur site n I’m being praised a lot for my cooking,thanks to u!!!
    God bless u n ur work.


  11. Hi Sailu,

    I am a regular reader of your blog. I was searching for this recipe as my baby has dry skin and read on the internet to bathe baby with this and was taen to ur site by surprise..I stay in US .I can find all the other ingredients ..can u pls tell me where can i get rose petal pwd, kasuri haldi pwd, orange peel pwd, neem leaf pwd and suganda kachooralu (Curcuma zedoaria) here in US …or can u recommend me an online store that will get me these herbs.I need it for my baby urgently..Pls let me know .
    Waiting for ur reply ..Thanks

  12. its a wonderful web site,daily i can see your blogs,i want 2 knw what is suganda kachooralu(corcuma zedoaria zedoary,shati in sanskrit) and kasuri haldi powder plz let me knw in telugu

  13. Hi,

    Here is how I prepared Sunnipinid . Can any one suggest if it helps improve my daughter’s complexion . She is little bit dark . I added 1 cup of Mysore Dal , 1 cup of moong dal , 1/4 th cup of rice , 1 cup of Oats , little bit of Gandam , few dried mint leaves and few peeled orange . Grind it well and placed in a container . Just wanted to make sure before applying this on my 5 yr old daughter if it is safe and will it show any result .

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

  14. thanks for ur ideas its just superb

  15. Hi Sailu,
    i am an avid reader of ur blog,i am in search of a good bath powder,my 2y old daughter has extremely dry skin,so dry tht we had to take her to a skin doc bcs has skin started bleeding in winter.we are constanly using creams n medicines thruout the year otherwise her bcms dry again irrespective if the season.because if this she has developed allergy to ‘sunni pindi’ . her skin has become dark n dull,it dosent look like baby skin at of now i am using dove & natural buttter for her skin,any suggestions for her?i just want stop using medicies on her because she is too young.
    one more thing can i use the bath powder above on my 2 month old son?
    please reply….

  16. Hi,
    This is devi, my daughter has 3yr old,she has a dry skin can u pls tell me remedy for this problem.

  17. What do you call sunni pindi in hindi?Plz reply……

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